Saturday, 8 July 2017

My Ex- Husband Raped His 12-Year Old Daughter - Woman Tells Court

Ajoke Afolabi, a hairdresser told an Ikeja Hugh Court that  her“former husband, Kenneth Okonkwo, defiled his 12-year-old daughter when she visited him during last Easter holiday.”

According to Ajoke, Okonkwo disappeared after she gave birth to the girl he allegedly defiled in 2005.
“Okonkwo disappeared when I gave birth to the baby in 2005; my mother and I took full responsibility of the baby.
“I left her with my mother because she was so attached to her grandmother and later enrolled her in a private school and also ensured that she did not lack anything.
“Okonkwo made efforts to be involved in the upbringing of our daughter in 2015.
“Sometime in 2015, the defendant saw my sister and inquired about his daughter’s whereabouts. My sister brought him to my mother’s house where he promised to start taking responsibility for his child.
“He paid her school fees for a term and also bought clothes for her and he later came back in April 2015 and told my mother that he would like the girl to come and spend the Easter holiday with him.
“I gave my consent because of his changed attitude toward his daughter and after the Easter holiday, I called him to bring back my daughter but I couldn’t reach him on the phone,” she told the court.

Ajoke added:
“I later went to his family house and was told by his father that he had taken the child to Onitsha.
“I was still contemplating on the issue when I got a letter from the Alausa Mediation Centre inviting me to come for a mediation session.
“I got there only to see him there with my daughter, he demanded for full custody of his daughter alleging that I had married another man and that he did not want his child to live in another man’s house.
“We signed an agreement that day and he promised to enroll my daughter in a good school and also take care of her.
“I was shocked when a month later, I demanded to see my daughter and he told me that he had enrolled her in a public school in Agege.
“I forcefully took my daughter away and we were invited again by the Mediation Center to settle our issues.
“It was while we were arguing at the Mediation Centre that my daughter opened up to one of the councilors that her father had been molesting her s3xually.
“We were referred to the Isokoko Police Station where we were further referred to the Mirabel Center where tests were carried out and it was discovered that she had been s3xually abused.
“My daughter was taken away and placed in the Little Saints Orphanage for six months.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Okonkwo is currently being remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons.

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye adjourned the case till July 12.

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